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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé 1986 - Magnum

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the origin of this house can be traced to 1734, when Jacques Fourneaux established a family business which was, in time, to be Taittinger. This means Taitinnger is in fact the third oldest Champagne house. The family business thrived, and Fourneaux was succeeded by his son, Jérôme, who as well as looking after the family business was also advisor to theveuve Clicquot. The firm became Ets Taittinger Mailly & Cie when purchased by Pierre Taittinger, in 1932. Taittinger purchased not only this house, but with the great depression and consequent low prices for land, he also collected huge swathes of vineyard. The business moved from strength to strength, including a relocation from Mailly to Reims. The latest Taittingers to take control are Claude, who has headed the firm since 1960, more recently assisted by his nephew, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger.

Until recently the Taittinger family headed a group of businesses producing luxury goods which all operated under the Société du Louvre, a holding company in which 38 members of the family each own a stake. In 2005, however, the group was sold to Starwood Capital, an American investment group, which was probably attracted by the hotels it would acquire rather than this Champagne house. As a result, Taittinger was American-owned, but there were indications that the Champagne house would soon be back on the market again as Starwood broke up the group of businesses. Indeed this was the case, and in the end Taittinger was purchased by a partnership between Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, grandson of the original founder, and the French bank Crédit Agricole. This deal, with a value of 660 million Euros, trumped seven other offers on the table, and most notably brought the house back into French ownership, and under the influence of the Taittinger family themselves. It also brought forth accusations of French economic patriotism, in particular from the Indian press, who no doubt would much prefer Taittinger to have been sold to UB, an Indian drinks consortium who were among the unsuccessful bidders. Undaunted by such criticisms, and with an obvious determination to regain control of the family business, in early 2007 the Taittinger family purchased outright a 37% stake from Crédit Agricole, leaving the bank with just 20%. It was reported that the Taittinger were continuing to seek out further shares for their acquisition.

house style at Taittinger is elegance with creamy richness. The range of wine here includes several non-vintage cuvées, the Brut Réserve, which is 38% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, and a Brut Cuvée Prestige Rosé, which is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. I do wonder why, with a wine made entirely from black grapes, the saignée method is not employed rather than the current addition of red wine, for it would no doubt improve the reputation of the rosé. Taittinger Demi-Sec is the same blend as the Brut Réserve, but with a 35g/l dosage. Two new cuvees include Taittinger Prelude, a non-vintage blend of Grand Cru sites, using 50% Chardonnay from the Cotes des Blancs and 50% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims. TaittingerNocturne is the other new non-vintage wine, a blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir/Meunier, with a 20g/l dosage. The Brut Millésime is a very good wine, 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir, often overlooked by consumers who may opt for the likes of Ruinart, Pol Roger or Roederer in preference. Since 1978 this has also been released as Taittinger's Vintage Collection, in an attractive bottle (actually a plastic wrap around the bottle) designed by a famous artist. Although in early vintages this was a special cuvée, recent releases are exactly the same as the Brut Millésime, so it is not worth the premium for anyone other than collectors. Finally there is a prestige cuvéeComtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, which is 100% Chardonnay, of which 5% is aged in oak, one third new each year, and there is also a Comtes de Champagne Rosé, which recently has been 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, again made by addition of red wine.

The Comtes de Champagne once resided in Reims, in the 13th century building which Taittinger purchased soon after the Great War. They were descended from the Comtes de Troyes, Burgundian noblemen. Tracing back their origins to the 9th century, these counts were initially feudal. As the Champagne region flourished and trade increased, however, like all civilised races they released it would be much more lucrative to stop bickering and to support the local trade, thus hugely bolstering their local economy. This wise decision is accredited to Thibault IV, a descendant of Charlemagne, who was a staunch supporter of the many Champagne fairs attended by merchants from across Europe. No doubt this support for the region continued when Thibault's great-grandson took the crown as Louis X. Nevertheless, it was Thibault IV that Taittinger honoured when they released the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs with the 1952 vintage. This is a blend of largely Grand Cru wines; the fruit is generally sourced from Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Pierry, although the exact blend will differ from year to year. The Comtes de Champagne Rosé is sourced from Ambonnay and Bouzy, and was first released with the 1966 vintage. Both wines are frequently excellent.

Producent Taittinger
Jaar 1986
Appellation Champagne
Climat -
Flesgrootte 1,5 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering Nee